Oman’s New Tourism Regulations includes mandatory Insurance policy by the tourist

Oman’s New Tourism Regulations have been issued by Oman’s Ministry of Tourism for the return of in-bound tourism to Oman.

Tour Group Muscat Oman
Tour Group Muscat Oman

In addition to following the preventive measures needed by the Supreme Committee on COVID-19 at their offices, the ministry said the operators must ensure that travellers have a medical certificate or required permits issued before travelling.

All reservations should be made through the internet, preferable with on-line or contactless payments.

Tours for groups should not exceed 15 people – and while on tour physical distancing should be observed with signed reminders.

Turtle Watching Oman
Turtle Watching Oman

Medical coverage insurance will be compulsory for all travellers before finalising any booking.

When a tourist arrives the following procedures should be followed.

The number of people entering the hotel reception area to be limited.

Social distancing requirements should be observed and clean waiting areas with water bottles are to be provided.

At hotel check-in, online registration is prefered and where a physical document is required separate pens should be used for each guest.

An a-la-carte menu is to be offered in hotels and restaurants.not a buffet.

Tour guides should have a digital thermometer to drivers for temperature checks of the guests.

 

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Succession in Oman after the death of Sultan Qaboos

The much mourned death of Sultan Qaboos now means that Oman’s law of succession comes into force.

Sultan Qaboos Al Said
Sultan Qaboos Al Said

Sultan Qaboos, who has ruled Oman since 1970, drew up Continue reading “Succession in Oman after the death of Sultan Qaboos”

St. Francis Xavier Church – Salalah Oman

Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla – the Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio (diplomat) to Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Qatar (strangely he doesn’t look after Oman) – and Dr. Ahmed Khamis Masood Al Bahri, director in Oman’s Ministry of Religious Endowments and Religious Affairs of Oman inaugurated St. Francis Xavier Church in Salalah, Oman.

St. Francis Xavier in Salalah
Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla , Dr. Ahmed Khamis Masood Al Bahri & Bishop Paul Hinder

The event was celebrated Continue reading “St. Francis Xavier Church – Salalah Oman”

Six Senses Hotel Group is brought by Intercontinental Hotels giving the group extra impact on Oman's tourism business

Intercontinental Hotels (IHG) has purchased the award-winning Six Senses brand from private equity fund Pegasus Capital Advisors for USD 300 million. The sale includes the management of Six Senses  16 hotels and resorts, along with Spas and subsidiary groups Evason and Raison d’Etre. Following the acquisition, Six Senses is now expected to grow to 60 hotels within the next 10 years.

Zighy Bay Hotel Musandam Oman
Zighy Bay Hotel Musandam Oman

Six Senses currently manages Continue readingSix Senses Hotel Group is brought by Intercontinental Hotels giving the group extra impact on Oman’s tourism business

FERRY SERVICE FOR OMAN FROM QATAR? as Qatar is trying to establish a Ferry Service

A Ferry Service for Oman from Qatar and Kuwait might be launching soon.

Grand Ferry via Abdul Basit The Peninsula
Grand Ferry via Abdul Basit The Peninsula

This seems to be being organized from  Continue readingFERRY SERVICE FOR OMAN FROM QATAR? as Qatar is trying to establish a Ferry Service

JW Marriott Muscat opening 2019

The new JW Marriott Muscat is likely to open by mid-summer 2019.

JW Marriott Muscat
JW Marriott Muscat

This is a push back from a 2018 opening that was originally planned. Financed by Qatar National Bank the hotel is located within the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Continue readingJW Marriott Muscat opening 2019

Duqm Refinery

Duqm Refinery has achieved full finance on its path to becoming a driver in Oman’s economic diversification.

One of Oman’s economic objectives is to diversify its income, and the strategies include adding value to raw materials, leverage its geographical location and maximize local manpower skill sets.

Ras Markaz Oman
Ras Markaz Oman

The new “Duqm Refinery” at Ras Markaz Continue reading “Duqm Refinery”

Oman Oil and ORPIC will Merge

Oman’s Government-owned Oman Oil and ORPIC will merge their ‘downstream businesses’, effectively from 2nd December 2018.

Oil Tanker - Muscat
Oil Tanker – Muscat

This merger is intended to be phase one to integrate their entire businesses. The CEO of the combined company will be Musab Abdullah al Mahruqi, he was previously the CEO of ORPIC from April 2010-Dec 2016 and is currently on the Board of Directors with PDO, Oman’s Oil Exploration business. Continue reading “Oman Oil and ORPIC will Merge”

“Oman Opportunities over time” – Dubai Expo 2020 Pavilion

The design for the Oman Pavilion “Oman Opportunities over time” for the forthcoming Dubai Expo 2020 has been revealed by Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture.

Oman Pavilion Dubai 2020 Oman Opportunities over time
Oman Pavilion Dubai 2020 Oman Opportunities over time

The Pavillion design refers the Frankincense Tree, Continue reading ““Oman Opportunities over time” – Dubai Expo 2020 Pavilion”

CAREEM TAXI OMAN now operating in Muscat

Uber may not be in Oman, yet,  – but the Middle-East’s own Careem Taxi is. Careem had started in Muscat in May 2017 but stopped at the request of Oman’s government. As Careem must have obtained a licence, at that time, to operate it was presumably stopped as a result of private sector concerns.

Careem Taxi Oman
Careem Taxi Oman

The new Careem service will use Marhaba Taxis which currently operate in Muscat (part of the Omani Ingenuity Technologies L.L.C/Suhail Bahwan Group), as the Careem fleet vehicles. Careem’s fares will start at OMR1.250; which Careem say is “in line with regular taxis” (I wonder if they have ever used the orange and white taxis which start at Rial Omani 0.100).

Careem intends to operate in all major towns in Oman (presumably also through Marhaba); I guess this will mean Suhar, Buraymi, Ibri, Nizwa and Salalah and Sur (the hometown of Suhail Bahwan).

Marhaba Taxi Oman
Marhaba Taxi Oman

To use Careem, download their app from iTunes and Google Play. The Careem apps interface may not be 100% informative or intuitive and unfortunately the same can be said about Marhaba.
Check here for other news about Taxis in Oman.
My Bradt Guide to Oman is available as an eBook from most online stores – click here to get it immediately. It will take you all the way down to the Yemen border – and details accommodation there; and if you prefer paperback, check out the book also on Amazon online stores and your main bookshop.

Reviews of Bradt Guide to Oman
Amazon UK Reviews of Bradt Guide to Oman

 

Sultan Qaboos receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Sultan Qaboos Al Said has received in Bait Al Barakah Muscat, Oman, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, along with Israeli security & intelligence Ministers.

Sultan Qaboos and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Sultan Qaboos and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The visit comes in the same Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”

BATTLE OF MIRBAT a key event in the Dhofar war

In the far south of Oman is the location of one of Britain’s Special Air Service’s (SAS) more publicly known battles ‘The Battle of Mirbat’. On 25th October 2018, Prince Harry unveiled a memorial in Nadi, western Fiji, to one of the key participants, the Fijian Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, of SAS.

View from Jabal Ali - Mirbat - Oman Battle of Mirbat
View from Jabal Ali – Mirbat – Oman

The Popular Front for the Liberation of the Occupied Arabian Gulf (PFLOAG) were fighting against Continue readingBATTLE OF MIRBAT a key event in the Dhofar war

Oman’s most influential women 2018

Forbes magazine has released its 2018 list of the ‘Most Influential Women’.  Its good to see Oman’s most influential women are included in the list, including a new entrant.

Amal Bahwan
Amal Bahwan

Dominating this list, as their companies do in their fields within Oman, are Amal Continue reading “Oman’s most influential women 2018”